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So now Twilight has achieved her destiny and has become an alicorn princess. This makes me somewhat happy for her and very concerned for her possibly former assistant. I'm worried about where Spike will go from here now that Twilight is a princess. I say that because Twilight will probably get an army of Guardponies and servants who can do everything for her that Spike did in the past. That and I feel that Twilight has undervalued all that Spike has done for her to get her to the point where she is now. We all know how naive she can be after all. I wonder if it will get to the point where Spike's biggest nightmare will actually come true about Twilight no longer having a need for him. Like I said before, I think it's possible. With that in mind, I like to imagine what Spike would do. Maybe he would still look after Treebrary while Twilight rules (insert Equestrian city here), possibly go out and live on his own like a normal dragon does, or maybe one of the other 5 manes takes him in? Or could it be somewhat possible for him to be taken out of the show completely? With Twilight learning how to be a princess she just won't have time to look after Spike anymore supposedly. This doesn't always have to warrant a bad thing. If they keep Spike around and Twilight DOES let him go, it could lead to good character development for Spike. Like he could go out on his own to try make himself a better, stronger dragon. Give me your thoughts. What kind of role do you see Spike having in Season 4?

Note: Spike is my favorite character in the show and I've always been sick of him being treated like dirt most of the time. I really do hope he's able to stick around and become a more fun, useful character. I'm a HUGE fan of his character potential despite it getting botched constantly.
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StreamOverlord Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
You Have A Very Good Point, Personally I Hope Spike Gets A Bigger Role On Season 4 Alongside More Character Development, And That Is Shown WHERE Spike Even Comes From Alongside His Mysterious Past. Or If He's Gonna Have A Unique Power.

GOOD LUCK!
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bloatenator Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You know, I do too.
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srbarker Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I say "Don't worry about it and wait for Season 4". :D
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Scholar57 Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You raise some interesting thoughts, BigSims3030. If you don't mind, I would like to contribute to your brainstorming. Given that the idea is so intriguing, almost irresistible, I couldn't help but hatch a few ideas of my own.

With the conclusion of Season 3 and Twilight's "true destiny" revealed, it leaves many fans of MLP:FiM to wonder what's in store for Spike's destiny. There has always been a curtain concealing Spike's origins and how he came to be in Ponyville, and now it seems his future has fallen under the same condition. Since there were more Spike episodes in Season 3 than the previous two, it's reasonable to guess that there will be more episodes to give his character focus and support his development. Learning where he comes from can be dealt with later. Finding out where he goes from here is, at the moment, more captivating.

The idea that Spike won't be needed as much could very well be a reality he'll face in the following season. While Twilight will, without much doubt, allow Spike to continue living with her, I wonder if she herself knows the uncertain possibilities that exist now that she's a princess. As royalty, she will probably have a mass of servants who will attend and assist her with any request. Many of these servants may be very well trained in the life of service, and Spike, though dearly devoted to Twilight, is still young and might not be able to keep up with all of them. Additionally, as a princess, Twilight will undertake new responsibilities and may not be able to give Spike much attention. She might not even have much time for the others in the Mane 6. If Season 4 opens with an episode detailing the new state of Twilight's role as princess, we may very well get some of these questions, and many more, answered.

Where Spike will go from there, if any of this happens, is a mystery. To be honest, I can't actually picture Spike leaving Twilight's side...or perhaps I simply don't want to.... The reason is because I'm not sure where he would go. I don't know if he'll want to go live with other dragons. Many of them have proven to be more aggressive than the ponies Spike was raised with and whose personality and beliefs he shares. As for the library, I'm not sure what will happen to it. Perhaps Spike could work there...but I still can't picture him being anywhere in which Twilight is not involved. If he does take over the library, he might get lonely doing it all by himself (though technically he would still have the other ponies to keep him company).

Over the course of the show, some have speculated that Twilight only sees Spike as a mere assistant or even a slave and nothing more, but I don't think this is true. First of all, slaves are not usually treated with much compassion. From what I've seen throughout the show, it's quite clear that Twilight and the rest of the Mane 6 care deeply for Spike. They attended his birthday party, they talk to one another on friendly terms, they don't fight, they attend several important events together (including Winter Wrap-Up, Shining Armor and Cadence's wedding, and the Return of the Crystal Empire), and let's not forget "Dragon Quest", when Twilight, Rarity, and Rainbow Dash followed him out of concern for his safety and how they stood up for him, despite being out-matched to Garble and his two dragon thugs. Given these moments in the series, it would be odd to think that Spike might question how Twilight and his other friends feel about him. Nevertheless, with the murky unknown of where Spike's future lies beyond Season 3, he might question if Twilight ever really cared. I hope it WILL be made clear, to him and to us, that Twilight sees him as somepony not only worth being friends with, but whom she shares a deep and loving bond.

The subject of Celestia is also curious. Now that Twilight's a princess, what will happen to the letters Spike used to write for her and the other ponies whenever they learned a lesson on friendship? He could probably still do that for the rest of the Mane 6 but he originally sent messages in his role as Twilight's assistant. According to what I learned while reading about the show, Celestia taught that flame-breath spell to him personally, and throughout the show, from what I could see, he is the only one who knows how to use it. Funny, isn't it? All those lessons, all that "Dear Princess Celestia...", wouldn't be delivered if not for the little dragon who rides on Twilight's back. Or maybe Twilight DOES know a spell to deliever messages...I don't know for certain.

As for Celestia herself, perhaps she and Spike share a relationship like that of she and her star pupil. Because Twilight was a student at Celestia's School for Gifted Unicorns, it wouldn't be too hard to guess that Celestia might've watched over Spike as Twilight went about her classes. Perhaps that would explain when Spike learned to send messages with his fire breath. Again, I don't know; this is just speculation, though I do think it's worth mentioning. Since Twilight and Spike's relationship is like that of a sister and little brother, his relationship with Celestia may be more like mother and son. Maybe, if Spike begins to question his worth to Twilight in Season 4, he could write a letter to Celestia, asking for help. It would be great to see the two have a heart-to-heart talk.

And of course, there is the most crucial piece of evidence that holds the glue to all this discussion: Spike's personal fear of being separated from Twilight. Unlike being afraid of something physically unappealing, like spiders, the dark, or turbulent weather, Spike's fear is internal and quite personal. It's not because he's afraid of losing his job (though he DOES take pride in it), but because of how he feels towards Twilight. Since the moment he hatched, they have been as close as a brother and sister. Doing almost everything together, Spike's whole world centers around Twilight and their friends. To him, I am sure, he sees Twilight as the closest member of his adoptive family, a sibling most precious. When he sees the vision of it being torn apart, he is so stricken that he almost breaks down. In Spike's mind, being sent away and being apart from Twilight is unbearable. The words "I don't need you anymore" are as soul-crushing as a death sentence.

Twilight reassures Spike that it will never happen, and I'm sure she meant it when she first said it. But that's before she becomes a princess, a future she couldn't have imagined during the Season 3 opener. Now that she is a princess, who knows what's possible now?

Before I close this overly long remark to your fabulous hypothesis, there is one more thing I would like to contribute.

Why exactly did the show's producers choose to show us Spike's greatest fear? It happens for only one little scene and is then dropped from discussion. Information like this feels too important to simply be a random piece of trivia. Could it be that the writers planned this scene to foreshadow something that will occur later in the series? It's like something Alfred Hitchcock once said: "if you have a rifle hanging over the fireplace in Act I, you must have the trigger pulled by Act III," or something along those lines. Everything in a story, play, or cartoon is placed there for a reason; if it's not going to serve a greater purpose then why show it in the first place?

Spike's fear is a terrible one because it CAN happen. Plus, it just so happens there's a villain in MLP:FiM who is empowered by fear. Given that we barely got to know him, King Sombra might not have bitten the dust. Maybe he's only been put aside until he can make a grander and more sinister entrance. Seeing as he thrives off of fear and hate, Sombra might be able to use Spike's fear of separation to his advantage. Not to mention it would give us a chance to see what kind of villain Sombra is. Personally, he seems like a more dangerous threat to Equestria than Discord. While the latter is mischievous, manipulative, and can even control reality, the former is cruel, malicious, and just as capable of affecting those around him as Discord, if not in a cruder sense. Of course, this will all depend on whether or not Sombra's really gone. If he's not, I have no idea how he could use Spike to carry out his evil plans. Perhaps he'll try and get at Twilight or Celestia.... But if he really is alive, I'd like to think he would want revenge on Spike, given that it's because of him that Sombra failed in seizing the Crystal Empire. If I were Sombra, I'd be pretty embarrassed that a baby dragon were the cause of my defeat.

Well, I hope I have indulged enough food for thought. I apologize if some of these ideas seem a tad awkward. I'm only telling what I feel might be possible. For all I know, however, my guesses could be horribly wrong. The show's producers might very well have a whole new plot prepared for the show, which is exciting to think about.

Still, I can't get Spike's worst fear out of my head and what it will mean to the show.... Perhaps I'll understand things better when I finally watch Season 3. Thus far, not having the Internet, Netflix, or the Hub channel has prevented me from watching it.

Thank you for your time. I hope that all of your questions will be answered in Season 4 and that Spike will remain by Twilight's side...somehow.
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mechathefox Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I agree about all. Spike is my fav character too. :iconthatsspikeplz:
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Coltboy Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Who says Twilight is going to go rule some city?
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Karlos1234ify Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013
This is what I was afraid of. With Twilight being a princess now, Spike's role as her
assistant is now obsolete. Along with the fact he is taken for granted.
Spike might become the new leader of the Mane 6 ( well 5 now).
Twilight at one time was talking about him being a leader.
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amberflicker Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
he could live with rarity
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ChipmunkRaccoon2 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
We'll know when Season 4 rolls around. ;)
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beirirangu Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
or... what if Spike isn't the dragon they portrayed him as in the third season and he is more actually like he was in the second season or even better: like he's an actual 'person' (I don't intend to phrase it like that, but I mean like somepony his actual age would suggest, being only a few years younger than the other 6)

but it would all matter in the most part after the opening episodes of the fourth season, because what if Twi looses her wings in those episodes or something along those lines?

all I do know is that (like you) Spike is my favorite character and I strongly hope that he is no longer portrayed as the 'young one' for comedic effect, rather than a actual sentient being that deserves rights like any other...

Spike Is Best Pony!
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BigSims3030 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
Well either that or let Spike make his own posse so he won't feel left out as much. I think we more male characters in the show that aren't one-dimensional, an idiot, or punching bags.
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beirirangu Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I know what you mean, the only other male character that isn't really portrayed like that is Big Macintosh... but he's mostly just a one-liner.

either way, it will all come together in time as to how they will treat him
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BigSims3030 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
How about he could hang out with Shining Armor a few times. I think it could help him become tougher and less of a punching bag.
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beirirangu Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
yeah, and dang, I forgot about Shinning... though he was only in like 3-4 episodes... but yeah, put Spike in the army (or whatever you wanna call it) and toughen him up.
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BigSims3030 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
Exactly. That and to have a good male role model in his life.
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beirirangu Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
instead of the countless female role models that both influence him and laughed at what he does because of those influences (they laugh at his apron during the dragon migration episode)
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BigSims3030 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
To be fair, Spike kind of picked a bad time to try to talk about how intimidating dragons can be with an apron on.
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MADMAN03 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
Yup! I couldn't agree more!
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Seraph-sama Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
I was worried about Spike too. But the writers will pull off another series of shitty episodes for him and completely ignore any potential issue he might have with twilight.
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Pia-sama Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I just hope he has more time to spend helping Rarity in her Boutique, that'd be awesome.
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Nickmaximus Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
I would like to see Spike develop more in Season 4, like while understanding that Twilight was able to achieve her destiny he could feel he has no place by her side because like you said Twilight will probably get an army of Guardponies and servants who can do everything for her that Spike did in the past. This making him feel lonely, but at the same time makes him understand that maybe there is something else he can do for other ponies and himself.

P.S. I would love if the producers bring back Peewee, so that Spike can fell like a main character (the mane six have a pet; so why not Spike). Plus a dragon having a pet a phoenix is awesome :)
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BigSims3030 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
Yeeeeah. Peewee I thought was the key to see Spike development, but as usual the writer botch a great opportunity with Spike's character.
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dhlawrence1985 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
Giving Peewee back was actually something they did in storyboarding; the script writer didn't make that call.
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BigSims3030 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
So they had thought about giving him Peewee back at one point?
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dhlawrence1985 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
I don't know if they thought about it; I just heard that they didn't write him out when planning the pet episode.
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Chevistian Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Student Filmographer
I Think Studio B Forget About Equestria Girls And Make A Spike Show one he dicovers her desteny , like the cleveland show
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cakeFTW223 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
maybe spike will be trained by shining armor to protect twilight and be a stronger dragon in season 4...maybe
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BigSims3030 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
That would be awesome. I'd like to see Spike and Shining Armor have some guy-to-guy time. Something surprisingly I don't think we've seen much in the show yet.
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OneRadicalDude Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
I thought that for the third season, the crew did a great job with Spike's role and screen time. He actually did not have the least amount of screen in the season among the main cast (unlike the first two seasons) and was the most useful there. I thought the second season was really disappointing, since he missed seven episodes, and four of them were when the other six main characters appeared (three episodes were written by Amy Keating Rogers). I can't imagine him having a greatly reduced role or written out of the show. If that were to happen, my interest in the show would take a major hit, and it would be enough that I'd probably stop watching the show entirely. We'll have to wait and see, but I'm sure we'll see plenty of him for the fourth season.
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cakeFTW223 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
hmm..maybe amy is anti dragon
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BigSims3030 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
Like I said before, it's not the amount of screen time that concerns me. I care more about him having a real PURPOSE during that screen time or have him do something we've never seen him do before. Or how about an episode where he isn't a dick at one point in the episode?
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FrankRT Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I hadn't thought of that! ..maybe he'll stick around; Twilight should keep her promise.
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BigSims3030 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
I'm pretty sure Pr. Celestia wouldn't be too pleased if she truly saw how Twilight treats Spike. Now granted it's not like she abuses him or anything, but she still to this day takes him for granted.
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FrankRT Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Maybe she'll give him a promotion!
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BoneSatellite Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
He's been undervalued a lot, but Season 3 has had a far higher percentage of Spike then the first two seasons. This means that the production team has come to realize what an important character he is (even if the characters haven't) and have begun treating him like the main character he truly is.

There needs to be an episode where the girls all have fun without him. They can come to the realization that demographic differences and a lack of Element status are terrible reasons for leaving one of their friends out of the fun, while at the same time Spike can let them know he's comfortable being omitted from the group when they want to enjoy some "girl time."
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BigSims3030 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
My problem is that it's not that he's not getting enough screentime. It's that when he IS on screen, nothing is ever added to his character in a positive way.
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barney-nedward Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Professional Writer
they could have him hanging out the other 5, whether co-conspiring with Pinkie and/or Rainbow on pranks or dating Rarity, they'll find a use for him. Though he's not just Twilight's assistant, he's like a younger brother to her.
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BigSims3030 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
I want to feel that way. Believe me I do, but Twilight has never regarded him as a little brother (at least I don't think). The moment Twilight says that and says that he loves him will probably by my favorite moment in the entire series.
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bristlestream Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
I also wonder what will happen to him, for he is also my favorite character in the series.
I think they need an episode in season 4 where Twilight is too busy for Spike, and she starts pushing him away. In the end she realizes the importance of their friendship and starts treating him like and assistant again.
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BigSims3030 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
Interesting idea. I'd think it would be a nice touch if Spike would break down and tells Twilight about how unappreciated he feels despite all his hard work. That he's sacrificing being a kid to help his friend.
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bristlestream Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
Yeah, l think out of all the things that bug though is that Twilight has never simply said to Spike that she loves him. Whe she does, hands down, it will be the best episode ever.
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angel147196 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
I dunno if she'd ignore him like that. I feel like he will be afraid that his worst nightmare will come true, but in the end Twilight will tell him that that's not the case. In the Crystal Empire, they already tell us that Twilight wouldn't get rid of him. I am worried too, that they may cut out his screentime for "Princess Twilight." But because season 3 did a good job of having him appear more often, I have faith that they'll not forget him entirely.

I do agree, she has undervalued everything he's done up to this point, but her development as a princess may change that. She'll realize that all her friends helped her along the way, and that Spike was the one who helped the most.

Besides, she'll need her #1 assistant to support her, as she's trying to get used to the whole princess thing.
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BigSims3030 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
Twilight has always done a great job for recognizing the other five ponies for all they've done for her. Maybe Spike could feel that he hasn't done a lot to help Twilight because he's not an Element of Harmony.
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angel147196 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
I agree with you there. I feel that because he's not an element of harmony, he's not recognized much.

But if you remember from a season 1 commercial, it mentions that the 6 ponies would help him discover his ture "dragon powers." So he might have strong magic of his own, that they'll talk about next season. Along with an episode focusing on the fact that he is under-appreciated, but the ponies learn their lesson and try to treat him better.
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BigSims3030 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
That would be nice, but I'm skeptical about that at this point.
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angel147196 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
Well we'll see when the season actually happens. :)
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